- Haydale Graphene Industries subsidiary Haydale Limited has funded a new professorial chair appointment within Swansea University's Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, one of the world's leading centres for research and development of printing and coating processes.

Professor Tim Claypole, founder and director of WCPC, which is based within the College of Engineering at the University's Bay Campus, has been appointed as the Haydale Supported Chair in Advance Manufacture by Printing. Claypole took up the role on 1 July.

Haydale has existing links with the WCPC and the new Professorial Chair appointment will provide Haydale with a dedicated ink and coating service capability, to assist the company in developing and commercialising their inks together with on-going research, formulation, and rheology.

Additionally, the University's College of Engineering will appoint a new Professor to provide additional leadership capability in the area of functional coatings.

Haydale Limited chief executive Ray Gibbs said: "I am pleased that we are sponsoring this Chair which is a natural progression of our existing relationship with the WCPC. We have already achieved good results with our graphene based inks and derivatives of it such as the patent applied for pressure sensor. We anticipate that this appointment will assist us in the commercialisation of our graphene enhanced conductive inks as Tim has a worldwide reputation in the ink, printing and coating world."

Claypole added: "The WCPC is focused on collaboration with industry. This development strengthens our relationship with Haydale, which has been built up over many years. This new Chair reinforces our position as a World leading Centre for Advanced Manufacture by Printing working with companies who are at the leading edge of technology. Our relationship with Haydale is helping the WCPC engage with industry Worldwide, especially in Asia and South America, as well as in Europe."

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